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Pretty for a Black Girl

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Pretty for a Black Girl

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Such condescending words!
As if the fact that I am black 
Lessens my worth.

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Am I supposed to smile?
Ignore the ignorance of your statement?
Should I really be proud?

You’re pretty for a black girl.
What does that really mean?
Can being pretty and black
Co-exist for me?

You’re pretty for a black girl.
Thank you for letting me know.
Too bad you don’t recognize
That I am so much more. 

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  1. Date: 7/30/2011 8:19:00 PM
    Your pretty because you are you, not because of your colour. Fine piece Kimberly, have a lovely weekend :) smiles

  1. Date: 4/28/2011 10:24:00 PM
    Truly a condescending remark and a sign of ignorance! I do not think too many people feel this way today. (well we can only hope so!) I enjoyed this piece.

  1. Date: 4/28/2011 7:58:00 PM
    I LOVE IT and i totally understand what you're saying I'm mixed but most people just call me black. one time a person asked if i was JAMAICAN i'm like ummm what the hey hey r u smokin?

  1. Date: 4/20/2011 12:44:00 AM
    Beauty comes in all shapes, colors, and comes from within. Perhaps your beauty brought the person who said that to you, a little closer to realization...and perhaps not. At least he recognized you as beautiful and said so in the only way he knew how to...perhaps surprised at himself for feeling your beauty. Understanding has to start somewhere if we are ever going to truely love one another. And sometimes, the beginning is awkward. Nice write! Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 8:30:00 PM
    Beauty is only skin deep and color has nothing to do with it. Very good poem on prejudices of society. R.M.

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 7:25:00 AM
    Let's see....There's Beyonce, Rihanna, Whitney, Oprah, and the list goes on and on....Just remember...You are beautiful because you came from God and he doesn't make junk!

  1. Date: 3/15/2011 5:33:00 AM
    Kim, it's not often I read poetry like this. This was strong, yet I definitely sensed the pain created from the ignorance of society. Excellent job!

  1. Date: 3/14/2011 9:14:00 PM
    beautiful piece, spoken truths and most enjoyed art. please keep sharing!-ed